Go211.com auction to benefit Llanes

Tara Llanes

Tara Llanes (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)

Beginning April 25, a new online action will raise funds toward Tara Llanes' ever accumulating medical costs. Llanes was seriously injured on September 1 of last year while racing at the Jeep KOM Finals. The four-time US National Champion is presently paralyzed from the waist down, but still hopes to walk and ride again.

"Recovery is going well," said Llanes to Cyclingnews from her wheelchair at the Giant booth at the Sea Otter Classic Expo area. "I'm getting stronger every day. All the emails I get just make me stronger." After months of therapy following her accident, Llanes showed she is handy in her wheelchair and was spotted catching up with many of her supporters throughout the expo area. She also demonstrated the motion she has regained in her upper left leg.

Hosted by Go211.com, a social networking and online video share site, through May 9, the online auction will feature items such as Eric Carter's 2006 National Championship 4X bike, " Steve Peat's signed replica Troy Lee Designs helmet, " Tracy Moseley's UCI leader's jersey, " Adam Craig's signed XC jersey, and additional items from Shaun Palmer, Leigh Donovan, Alison Dunlap, etc.

"We're very pleased to be partnering with Tara..." said Sean M. Aruda, CEO of Go211.com. "The positive attitude and determination she demonstrated while competing bodes well for her during her recovery, and we look forward to hosting this auction."

"I am a fan of each and every one of these riders so these items are a big deal to me," said Llanes.

All proceeds will go to the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund (www.tarallanesroadtorecovery.com). For more information on the auction, visit www.go211.com.

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